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  • It is a pleasure to send congratulations to our state Jim Harbin participants for 2012-13!
     
    The videos created by the students in Ms. Barrett’s and Mrs. Stutzman-Horton’s classes (of 2012-13) will receive either a first, second or third place award at the state level! These videos represent excellent student work product through technology, and we’re very proud of the students and teachers whose projects will be recognized at the state FAME Conference in November. Below are the entries:
     
    •         Documentary K-2 Chris P Bacon (Cleta Stutzman-Horton-Lost Lake Elementary)
    •         Instructional K-2 Science Fair Projects (Lynn Barrett-Seminole Springs Elementary School)
    •         Music Video K-2 Over in the Rainforest (Cleta Stutzman-Horton-Lost Lake Elementary)
     
    According to the FAME website, the Awards Ceremony will take place on:
    Friday Nov 22 @ Hilton Bonnet Creek Resort (Orlando)
    Elementary Ceremony: 10AM-12PM
    Secondary Ceremony: 4PM-6PM (we do not have any winners in this category)
    http://www.floridamedia.org/?page=JH_2013_Winners
     
    Another thanks to ILS Missy Broker who coordinated the projects at the district level.
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  • Summer Reading List Encourages Kids to Keep Learning
    Summer break is just a month away and the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) is encouraging kids to keep learning while they are outside of the classroom. More than 150 books have the department’s official seal of approval as good picks to entertain young readers and prevent summer learning loss.
     
    Years of research confirm students lose vital reading and math skills, with some researchers estimating at least a month of learning loss, during each summer break. Prolonged breaks deteriorate student learning gains and widen the achievement gap among low-income students. The more students practice reading, math and critical-thinking skills during the summer months, the better prepared they will be to graduate high school ready for college and careers.
     
    “Empowering a child with the ability to read has a transformational effect on their future success in life,” said Commissioner of Education Dr. Tony Bennett. “The new Common Core State Standards underscore the importance of reading and literacy, and we must do more to ensure kids don’t fall behind while they’re out of the classroom. If we can help kids love to read, we’ll ensure they are lifelong learners.”
     
    The FDOE is also encouraging parents to get involved in their children’s reading activities this summer. Some tips to help children get excited about reading are to read aloud to young children, take children of all ages to the library and allow them to choose their own books, or to create light-hearted sibling rivalry by encouraging a competition to see who can read the most books over the summer months. 
     
    Examples of great books to enjoy from the 2013 summer reading list include
     
    ·         Grades K-3:   Charlotte’s Web, E.B. White
    ·         Grades 4-5:   The Black Stallion, Walter Farley
    ·         Grades 6-8:   Old Yeller, Fred Gipson 
    ·         Grades 9-12: The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway
     
    Visit the department’s Summer Reading List or Just Read, Florida! website at www.justreadflorida.com for more information.
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    Education Works -- Information & Updates from FDOE 
     

    "Nation’s Report Card" Shows Consistent Student Improvement
    Florida's 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results were released yesterday showing the state’s 4th grade students continue to outpace the national average in reading. The results also revealed that Florida was the only state to have narrowed the achievement gap between white and African American students at both grades 4 and 8 in both reading and mathematics.

    Public Provides Thousands of Comments on Florida Standards
    Last month, Governor Rick Scott issued an executive order requesting the department host public meetings for Floridians to offer feedback on the state’s math and English language arts standards. The department also accepted input via email and a website. Educators, parents, administrations, business leaders and interested members of the public submitted more than 19,000 comments. Feedback will be summarized and presented to the State Board of Education.
     
    Orange County Superintendent Honored as District Data Leader of the Year
    Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart named Orange County Public Schools Superintendent Barbara Jenkins the 2013 District Data Leader of the Year at an awards ceremony in Tallahassee this week. Jenkins was honored for focusing district attention and support on closing achievement gaps and supporting schools that need targeted assistance. She also led the development of Orange County’s Parent Academy which helps parents build stronger support systems for their children.

    Other finalists this year included Broward County Superintendent Robert Runcie, Pinellas County Superintendent Michael Grego and Santa Rosa County Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick.
     
    Get Involved, Engaged During Parental Involvement Month
    Parents and familiesplay an important role in creating an environment that fosters lifelonglearning. During the month, parents, grandparents, guardians and extendedfamilies are encouraged to be involved in their child's education. You can findhelpful information on the department’s Parental Involvement webpage,including tips and an activitiescalendar. While you are there, take a minute to sign up for our Just for Parents newsletter.
     
     
    Submit a Video, Win a Family Vacation
    To highlight the important role parents play in their children’s academic success, the Florida Department of Education is hosting a video contest for parents. Do you volunteer in your child’s classroom, create learning activities at home or come up with creative ways to stay involved? These are just a few ideas for your video entry. For more information on the contest, visit the 2013 Parental Involvement in Education Video Contest. If you have any questions or concerns, email communicationsoffice@fldoe.org.
     
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